Would you like more energy? I sure would, so I can help fight the crap that is going on in California!!
I have recently noticed a big change in my energy levels and day-to-day functioning. It started with daily nettle and red raspberry leaf tea. Then came the beginning of salad season. After a while, I noticed that if I went without my tea or enough green foods, I would experience an energy slump. I began experimenting to confirm that it is directly related to the amount of green and raw foods that I consume. I’m finding this gives me more energy than a heavily meat-dominated diet. I’m cutting back on my meat slightly and replacing it with greens, while keeping my level of fat and grains about the same. Exercising has also increased my appetite, allowing me to take in more veggies.
I have also come to realize that despite the claims of some, I do not do nearly as well unless I take in at least 6 cups of fluid a day. Less than that and I will have a headache, regardless of any other factor. I rarely drink plain water, preferring instead to have some cold nettle and red raspberry leaf tea, kombucha or water kefir. Since we don’t use air conditioning unless we have to here, it really makes a big difference in how I feel all-around.
I am definitely pro-organic, pastured and humanely raised meat. I am not cutting meat out of my diet. I am just adjusting the proportion as I’m finding I feel better this way. I haven’t really dropped my intake of grains, either, so I don’t believe grains to be a factor.
If I don’t drink my nettle infusion, I crave it. I’ve also noticed a positive change in my cycles, which I assume is attributed to adding red raspberry leaf to the mix, an herb well known for women. If I go a couple of days without a good amount of green veggies, I get an intense craving for kale (sauteed until just tender with some sea salt and lemon juice. Yuummmmmm) and salad greens. Since both are healthy foods, I trust that my cravings are pointing me in the right direction.
The Real Food Challenge
Today, I issue this challenge: If you are wanting to improve your health, consume at least 50% of what you eat as raw (excluding raw milk) and/or green. Try it for 10 days and see how you feel. If you’re able to consume raw milk, it’s icing on the cake, but don’t count it towards your total. It’s an added bonus.
So how am I meeting this challenge? Here are just a few things I’m doing with my diet:
- Daily smoothie with a raw egg, a piece of raw fruit and at least one large handfull of salad greens.
- A big greens salad with shredded raw veggies of some type at lunch along with a serving of meat or a hard-boiled egg.
- A green side dish at dinner, cooked or raw.
- Adding some sliced cucumber or a sliced tomato to the dinner plates and having them available as a snack.
- Drink a nettle infusion daily, with or without other greens, such as red raspberry leaf, oatstraw, peppermint, etc…
- Mayo with raw egg.
- Decorating dinner plates with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.
- Using raw coconut oil in unheated dishes.
- Salad dressings with hidden lacto-fermented juice.
- A small serving of lacto-fermented condiment at every meal, usually sauerkraut.
- Easy Pate and other dips with raw veggies for afternoon snack.
- Hidden veggie meals such as ‘Crocodile Nuggets.’
Today I went out and bought a good amount of green veggies to begin this challenge. Summer is the perfect time, as the fresh veggies are rolling in, are cheap and plentiful.
Won’t you join me? I’ll blog daily about what I’m eating and the effects it is having on me. I’d love to hear from you if you decide to join me in this challenge.
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